NFL Trainers KAATSU Playbook – Pre- and Post-tattoo Applications

NFL Trainers KAATSU Playbook – Pre- and Post-tattoo Applications

Tattoo on arm after 3½ hours.

Tattoo on arm after 5 hours.

Many players sport tattoos on their body, visible and not when they wear their team uniforms.

KAATSU Cycle sets, when properly applied, has always been good for pre-surgery preparations and post-surgery recovery, especially with sutures on the skin [see here and below].

The KAATSU tattoo protocol is nicknamed the ‘Carlson Protocol’ after a heavily tattooed water polo coach. He first tested and now regularly uses KAATSU Cycle sets to minimize the inflammation and pain after inking a sleeve.

Like Carlson, many players have several tattoos and they understand very well the inflammation and pain that comes with getting a new tattoo.

Carlson Protocol

  • Do 3 Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on your arms followed by 4 progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on your legs before going to the tattoo parlor – or while at the tattoo parlor. Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets means you start with a set in the Low pressure setting, then progress to Medium and High pressure settings.
  • Do 3 Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets (Low, Medium, High) after the inking session is over.
  • An effective option is to do a light, moderate or heavy workout with KAATSU Air Bands in the KAATSU Cycle Low pressure setting using the limbs that were inked.
  • Players can do simple KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on their arms (i.e., Hand Clenches + Biceps Curls + Triceps Extensions) or on their legs (i.e., Standing Heel Raises + Quarter Squats + KAATSU Walking) as a light workout.
  • Players can use resistance bands using the KAATSU Cycle or KAATSU Constant mode for a moderate workout.
  • Players can lift light or moderate weights or run for a heavy workout.
  • All workouts should be completed using the KAATSU Cycle sets on Low; the frequent compression and decompression of the bands is important for engorgement in the limbs and the KAATSU effects to be experienced.
  • Take off the bandages 1½+ hours after the new tattoo, wash with soap and water, and applied skin ointment.

Dave Carlson explained the phenomena,

There will be very little or no swelling. The skin – unlike getting tattoos without using KAATSU – will not be sensitive to the touch, and the skin under and near the tattoo is not swollen or inflamed. The area around the tattoo normally rises for a few days after I get it. But with the KAATSU Cycle protocol, there will be minimal swelling and little pain after removing the bandages.

In many cases, there will be no swelling. The puffiness and redness does not appear, without any inflammation or pain.”

The photo on left was taken 6½ hours after the tattoo session. Carlson’s arm is engorged in blood in the middle of the fourth KAATSU Cycle set. His first KAATSU Cycle set was done at the Low pressure setting; the second KAATSU Cycle set was done at the Medium level, and the third KAATSU Cycle set was done at High level. A fourth KAATSU Cycle set can be done at the maximum SKU, if desired.

KAATSU leads to a decrease in CRP, C-reactive protein which is a blood test marker for inflammation in the body. CRP levels increase in response to inflammation; this does not occur with use of the KAATSU Cycle mode. KAATSU also is the catalyst for production of EPC (endothelial progenitor cell) that help. EPC are cells that help regenerate the endothelial lining of your blood vessels.

Repeated KAATSU Cycle sets enhance the body’s natural healing process, especially when the skin is cut, torn, broken or inked.